*Rapper Freddie Gibbs is in a whole lotta doo doo. This past Thursday he was reportedly arrested minutes before his scheduled performance in Toulouse, France. Gibbs, according to French news outlet La Depeche du Midi, was “wanted in connection with a European arrest warrant issued by Austria for a rape allegedly committed in 2015.”
The rapper was on his way to perform at the Le Rex club in Tolouse when he was picked up by authorities and put in handcuffs. Shortly thereafter, La Depeche du Midi reported that: “he was presented to the public prosecutor and imprisoned pending his extradition to Austria.”
Gibbs had a Vienna, Austria concert scheduled for May 26th, but that show was abruptly canceled. “Apologies to my fans in Vienna, Austria. Had some transportation issues. Will be back soon,” Gibbs tweeted at the time without mentioning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
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Complex reports that Austrian publication Vienna Online got in touch with the city prosecutor’s office:
“Nina Bussek, spokeswoman for the Vienna prosecutor’s office confirmed on Saturday evening corresponding French media reports. ‘We have requested his transfer.’”
“Freddie Gibbs adamantly denies that allegations that have been levied against by Austrian authorities,” said Gibbs’ management in a statement. “It makes you wonder why it took almost a year for Austrian officials to bring these charges. Freddie will be fighting the extradition request as these are nothing more than trumped up charges.”
Rolling Stone notes that the status of Gibbs’ remaining European shows – including stops in London, Marseilles, and Porto, Portugal – is unclear. The rapper’s next North American concert is scheduled for June 17th in Toronto.